(February 23, 2017) – New proposals suggest that university students who purchase essays online could face fines and criminal records. The government is seriously considering plans to eradicate plagiarism.
This means that students who will be caught cheating could likely be criminalized. This is in the middle of the growing “essay generating” industry threatening to compromise the quality of a particular British university degree. Just last month, it was reported that more than 20,000 students at British universities are willing to pay up to £6,750 for ready-made essays to get a degree.
The Department of Education is now teaming it with universities to trace students who cheat on their essays. It is currently consulting on numerous proposals with higher education departments about the possibilities of fines, being blacklisted academically and even pressing criminal records for students who submit essays written by professionals.
In particular, the universities regulator Quality Assurance Agency is working with the government and is also advocating the new laws. A spokeswoman for the Department of Education shared the Government was all ears to every proposal. She added that a change or revision in the law was something worth considering in the future.
She said it is truly something that could be in the guidance, and they are not ruling out any chance in legislation along the way. The new guidance she was referring to will be implemented in September, which will coincide with the start of the succeeding academic year.
The Extent Of Ready-Made Essays And Dissertations Online
Last month, over 20,000 students were believed to have bought ready-made dissertations and essays from essay-generating websites. For a PhD dissertation, a student can pay up to £6,750. In addition, the volume of students who are using essay-generating websites has significantly increased in the last five years. According to the Quality Assurance Agency, it is confirmed that over 100 essay services online are by now up and running.
Even if the universities are using advanced software for anti-plagiarism to detect any copied academic texts, “contract cheating” still renders markers and examiners powerless in the prevention of plagiarism. Contract cheating is a way when a student makes use of a third party to generate original academic work. It usually involves payments that could go up to hundreds.
As a result, students avoid the plagiarism checkers of their universities. Today, there are hundreds of websites offering ready-made dissertation and essay writing services. These services work under the idea that no students must submit their products and claim it as their own work. But the exact opposite is happening, because in reality, thousands of students are claiming to be the authors of these ready-made essays and dissertations.